West Ham have rubbished fears Andy Carroll has suffered another injury setback after he sat out the team’s latest pre-season game.
Speculation over the striker’s fitness has emerged recently after it was reported Carroll had suffered a groin injury and was set to be sidelined for the next two weeks.
Were it to be true then it would be the latest in a very long list of injuries that have ultimately restricted the former Newcastle man to 56 appearances in his three seasons in east London.
Concerns over Carroll’s fitness have only increased after he failed to feature in either of West Ham’s last two pre-season games, including Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Rubin Kazan.
West Ham’s head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke has now moved to reassure the Hammers’ faithful there are no major problems with Carroll and insists his absence from the friendly matches is down to the special pre-season programme he is undertaking.
“Andy Carroll trained fully this week, but he did not play on Tuesday night (against Slovacko),” Vandenbroucke told whufc.com.
“This is Andy’s first pre-season in several years. We are trying to find the correct balance between training and recovery.
“Andy has an individual programme where he does 90 per cent of the pre-season and sometimes has an extra day’s rest or works in the gym.”